Charlotte Bobcats vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/16/14
Chicago Bulls (48-33) at Charlotte Bobcats (42-39)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Bobcats -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, TSOH
The Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats will meet for the fourth and final time to close out their regular seasons. The Bulls lead the series 3-0.
The Bulls are still fighting with the Toronto Raptors for the third seed in the East and have won eight of their last nine games. On the season, the Bull average 93.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allow 91.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting. During their last five games, however, the Bulls have been on an offensive tear, averaging 100.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Mike Dunleavy has helped lead the way for Chicago by shooting 52.2 percent from the field in his last five games. The Chicago Bulls are 41-39-1 ATS overall and 20-19-1 ATS on the road.
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The Bobcats are pretty much locked into the seventh seed in the East and will play the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. On the season, the Bobcats average 96.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 97.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting. The Bobcats have won seven of their last eight games, and Al Jefferson is shooting 56.3 percent from the field in his last five games and has posted eight straight double-doubles. The Charlotte Bobcats are 46-32-3 ATS overall and 23-16-1 ATS at home.
The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Bobcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte, while the road team is 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
This is a tough game to cap given that you're likely not going to see many starters with both teams preparing for the playoffs. However, the Bobcats are the younger team, have a point to prove and are playing at home. While it's probably best to sit this one out, go ahead and back the Bobcats if you must.